The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.
Chapter 62: European Integration
European integration raises many questions central to political sociology. Provisionally defined as the set of processes involved in the creation of institutions claiming (with varying degrees of success) the management of ‘European problems', European integration concerns a series of fundamental contemporary issues such as the de- and re-territorialization of politics, challenges to the nation-state, the reconstruction of empires, neo-liberalism and the changing relationships between state and market, new practices of governmentality, the changes of identification, mobilization and participation in politics, etc. European integration is both traversed by these processes and simultaneously one of their drivers, opus operatum and modus operandi. As noted by Fligstein and Mérand (2002) in a famous article, what was in the ...